*This review has been updated March 11, 2019 to reflect the most recent information we have on Martha & Marley Spoon.
Are you in search of a meal delivery service that provides you with Martha Stewart approved recipes that you can whip up in your own kitchen? If so, you’ll want to check out Marley Spoon. Each week, they send you recipes from the Martha Stewart archives along with fresh, pre-portioned ingredients to make each dish you’ve chosen.
It’s a simple way to cut down on the amount of meal planning and grocery shopping you have to do each week. Not only that, but the easy-to-follow recipes will teach you how to cook meals you’ve never prepared before. Even a beginner in the kitchen will soon feel confident with all the new skills they’ll learn.
From classic dishes to more creative ones that’ll give you the chance to experiment with new things, you’re sure to enjoy what Marley Spoon has put together. If this sounds like what you need in your life, keep reading to learn what types of dishes you can expect and how to sign up for your first order.
How to Join & Choose Your Items
Placing your first order with Marley Spoon is pretty quick and easy. To get started, you’ll first need to decide what portion size you would like to receive for your meals. There are two options, which include meals for two to three people or meals for four people. The meals designed for two to three people are perfect for couples or anyone who would just like to have leftovers the next time. And if you have a family to feed, the meals for four people is perfect.
Next, you’ll need to decide how many meals you’d like to receive each week. You can choose between two, three, or four meals. This allows you to customize the plan to your needs and provides you the flexibility you need. You can also choose to make your box vegetarian. When choosing your options, there’s a box you can tick if you want meat-free meals.
After you’ve made your decision, you need to set your location and enter delivery details. You’ll be able to pick your preferred delivery day based on the options available to your area. This means you can pick the delivery day based on when you’re home, but don’t panic if you can’t be home. Each order is packed in an insulated box with ice packs to keep food fresh during transportation.
You’ll also have the ability to choose which meals you’d like to receive, which means there’s never any surprises. Marley Spoon will send an email 10 days before your delivery date, which will contain your meal choices. These will be automatically selected by Marley Spoon, but you can sign into your account and make any recipes swaps that you’d like.
Each week, there are 10 recipe options for you to choose from, which should provide you with plenty of variety. Upon looking through these, you should easily be able to make a few selections for the meals you’d like to receive. There’s truly something to suit everyone’s taste buds!
Types of Food They Offer
Although Marley Spoon doesn’t have options for breakfast and lunch, they do have plenty of choices when it comes to putting together a delicious dinner. You’ll find dishes that are more classic, but you’ll also find creative dishes that take you outside of your comfort zone. It’s a great opportunity to try new things and you’ll never have to worry about falling into a rut with your cooking.
You’ll find twists on classic dishes such as: Grass-Fed Beef Taco with Crispy Tortilla Strips, Skillet Ravioli Lasagna with Italian Salad and Croutons, Salsa Verde Veggie Enchiladas with Cannellini Beans and Spinach, Fried Chicken on a Biscuit with Pepper Honey & Cabbage Slaw, and Smoky Pork Sloppy Joes with Romaine & Radish Salad.
For more creative dishes, you’ll find Chickpea Tinga Tacos with Carrot-Pepper Slaw & Cilantro, Quinoa Fried Rice with Roasted Portabello Mushrooms, Lemony Paprika Shrimp with Grits and Wilted Spinach, Crispy Chicken Curry Rolls with Apricot Chutney & Spinach Salad, and Soba Noodle Salad with Eggplant & Crispy Shallots.
One of the great things about picking your meals is that they’ve clearly labeled which meals are gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian. You’ll even see which meals are ready in under 30 minutes, plus which ones are kid-friendly if you have a family to feed.
If you’re interested in placing an order from Marley Spoon, it’s important to note that they do delivery to most of the contiguous United States. Shipping is always free as well, which cuts down on the amount you have to spend with every weekly order.
Although it is a subscription-based service, delivery is flexible. You can skip a week if needed. You can also change the number of portions you receive. This allows you to customize the meal plan to your needs so you don’t have to purchase more than you truly want.
The day your delivery arrives will depend on your location. You can visit the Marley Spoon website and you’ll see estimated delivery dates and times once you’ve put in your zip code. You don’t have to be home in order to receive your delivery either. It will be left on your doorstep for you to pick up when you arrive back at home. Although the ingredients will be kept cold during transport, you’ll want to unpack the box and place cold items in the refrigerator as soon as you can.
As of March 2019, Martha & Marley Spoon does not ship with any protective or insulation liner. However, our food all arrived perfectly intact.
In the middle of the box was an insulated bag with a large ice pack and all of the meats (to ensure they stay as cold as possible in transit).
Each meal is organized into a nice brown bag so you can easily grab all the ingredients needed to make the meal. This is a nice bonus since many meal kits tend to throw all the ingredients into your box, without organizing them. Once you want to make a meal, you have to scour the box or refrigerator to find all the right ingredients.
After you’ve unpacked your order, you can recycle the cardboard box at your local recycling facility. The ice packs are perfect for reuse as they could come in handy when stopping at the grocery store or on longer road trips. Simply store them in your freezer to use again in the future.
Freshness of Food
You can always count on Marley Spoon to send you high-quality, fresh ingredients to prepare your meals. They strive to source what’s in season when it comes to fruits and vegetables, which ensures you receive only the best. They also work with trusted suppliers to obtain quality poultry, meat, and fish. In your recipes, you’ll find things like grass-fed beef, Berkshire pork, and antibiotic-free chicken.
All of the ingredients are kept cold during transportation thanks to their insulated boxes and ice packs. Everything can be stored in the fridge for a maximum of four days upon delivery. This means you’ll be able to use ingredients for at least four days afterwards. The only exception to this is fish, which should be cooked within 48 hours of its arrival.
While it shouldn’t be an issue, if you ever have a problem with the freshness of any of your items, you can always contact Marley Spoon. It’s important that you place all items in the refrigerator as soon as possible after your box has been delivered.
Ease of Cooking
Marley Spoon is one meal delivery service that’s going to require you to spend a little time in the kitchen as you whip up the perfect meal. There’s no fast microwaving here, but that doesn’t mean their meals aren’t easy to prepare. In fact, they’ve made cooking simple even for the beginners who don’t have much experience in the kitchen.
Inside your box, you’ll receive recipe cards with easy-to-follow instructions. Not only are these instructions descriptive, but they also contain photos. You’ll have no trouble preparing the meal with these recipe cards on hand. You can even view recipe details online so you’ll know what to expect ahead of time should you choose to check it out.
You’ll also be sent the main ingredients you need to create your dish. The ingredients are pre-portioned, which helps to eliminate food waste. You won’t, however, be sent kitchen basics that your meal may require. You’ll want to have things like olive oil, salt, pepper, sugar, and eggs on hand. Marley Spoon will let you know ahead of time if there are any extras you’ll want to stock up on before your ingredients arrive.
As mentioned, these meals are being chosen from the large catalog of recipes Martha Stewart has created. It’s safe to say that Martha has proven herself to be a great cook, with all the recipes she’s shared both online and her past television show. So, it should come as no surprise that these dishes all taste great!
The Crispy Lemon-Butter Chicken with Arugula, Radicchio & Shallots was a delicious meal and refreshing for a summer evening. The chicken was tender and fresh. They were perfectly complemented by the lemon-butter sauce. This is one dish that your kids are sure to love as well!
They’ve also put a twist on a classic dish with their Smoky Pork Sloppy Joes with Romaine & Radish Salad. It’s a more sophisticated version of the dish you’re used to enjoying. Plus, what’s so great about this one is that it’s a one-pot meal, so clean up is easy afterwards. This entire meal will be ready in under 30 minutes so it won’t be long before you have dinner on the table.
Another tasty and savory dish is the Sesame-Ginger Beef Stir Fry with Broccoli, Rice & Sweet Onion. This is another one that’s quick and easy to put together in under 30 minutes time. It’s also gluten-free and dairy-free for those who have a sensitivity or food allergy. The meat in this dish is high-quality and the broccoli was fresh and crisp.
Our First Marley Spoon Experience
Pricing will obviously vary based on how many servings you need per meal and how many meals you’d like to receive each week. You can choose between two to three serving meals or meals that contain four servings. You’ll also be able to choose from two, three, or four meals per week so you can customize the plan to your needs.
If you choose the Meals for 2-3 option, you’re looking at the following prices: $48 per week for two meals, $61.50 for three meals, and $76 for four meals. If you need larger servings to feed a family, the Meals for 4 plan has the following prices: $76 for two meals, $106.80 for three meals, and $139.20 for four meals. Shipping is always free, which is always a plus since it keeps the cost down.
Of course, if you ever need to take a break from your subscription, you’re able to do so. You can pause your meal deliveries any time you want. Marley Spoon makes this easy, so you’re able to be in complete control of your subscription. This will come in handy if you ever need to go out of town or if you just want to take some time off from Marley Spoon recipes. You’ll be able to pick up your subscription again whenever you’re ready.
Marley Spoon Pros vs Cons
So that you can make the most informed decision prior to your meal kit purchase, let’s go over the pros and cons of Martha & Marley Spoon.
Marley Spoon Pros
- One of the best tasting meal kits we’ve tried. The meals we’ve cooked from Martha & Marley Spoon all have had great flavor.
- Large portion sizes. After our updated review (March 2019) we noticed that the portion sizes of the meals have increased.
- Meal ingredients organized very well. The “grab and go” style bags make cooking the meals a lot easier and allows you to organize everything in your refrigerator well.
- They source in-season ingredients. In-season ingredients makes for better tasting meals.
- Martha Stewart approved recipes. Martha is synonymous with great meals so it’s no wonder why these dishes turned out so delicious.
Marley Spoon Cons
- Meals do take longer to cook. This is not a “simple” meal kit. It does take longer to cook them but because of that, you end up with better tasting meals (it’s a trade off).
- No protective packaging liner/insulation. Surprisingly, the box doesn’t have a lot inside to protect the ingredients. Our box/ingredients came cool (and with a cold pack in the middle) but I could see this being an issue in a hotter climate or during those hot summer months. However, it could also be looked at as a pro since there is less waste.
- Many meals are heavy on the carbohydrates. This is definitely not a “diet” meal delivery service. This meal kit prioritizes taste over everything else. If you’re on a restrictive diet, this might not be the best meal kit for you.
The dishes in your weekly Marley Spoon box are a great opportunity to get anyone cooking in the kitchen. Even the beginners are able to whip up a delicious meal in no time at all thanks to pre-portioned ingredients and simple instructions. It’s a great way to build your confidence in front of the stove. It’s great for those who are more experienced cooks as well because you’ll have the opportunity to try new dishes you’ve never had before.
With fresh ingredients and quality recipes, you and your family can have a tasty meal on the table every night thanks to Marley Spoon. There’s no need to stress out about meal planning or grocery shopping. You can also feel proud of the meals you cook because you know they’re going to be both healthy and nutritious. Overall, it’s a great option for anyone who enjoys to cook or wants to better their cooking skills in the kitchen.
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